Thursday, November 3, 2011

ABA Review of National Security Law

The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, with partners at the University of Virginia, Duke, and Georgetown, announced the "21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law," on Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2, 2011, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Organizers put together a very impressive line-up, including Chief Prosecutor for the Office of Military Commissions BG Mark S. Martins and State Department Legal Adviser Harold Hongju Koh.

The full program is here; here's a Letter of Invitation; and here's the registration form; and click here for on-line registration.  E-mail Holly McMahon, at, with questions.


November 3, 2011 in Conferences, News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CFP: Junior Scholars Writing on Humanities & ConLaw

From the organizers:

Junior Faculty Forum

Request for Submissions

Stanford, Yale, and Harvard Law Schools announce the Junior Faculty Forum (the successor to the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum that has convened for the past twelve years) to be held at Harvard Law School on June 1-2, 2012, and seek submissions for this meeting. The Forum's objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange.  Meetings are held each spring, alternating between Yale, Stanford, and Harvard.

 Approximately twelve junior scholars (with one to seven years of teaching and who are not yet tenured) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present.  One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from one of the host institutions, will comment on each paper.  The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests.  The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre.  We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain.  The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.

Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and law and humanities -- alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next.  The focus of this year’s session will be public law and the humanities.  The topics to be addressed include ...  Constitutional Law... 

There is no publication commitment associated with the Forum, nor is published work eligible. The host institution will pay presenters= travel expenses and provide accommodation; presenters will be required to attend the entire Forum schedule.  Paper submissions for the Forum should be sent to Ms. Kaitlin Burroughs at Harvard Law School (1525 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138). Electronic submissions should be sent to The deadline for submission is February 15, 2012. Please note on the cover letter which topic your paper falls under.

Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Adriaan Lanni ( or Gabriella Blum ( at Harvard Law School, Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School (, or Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (  We very much hope that young scholars will submit work.  If the strong commitment of the host schools can make it so, participation at the Forum will benefit presenters and the profession.


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention

The Federalist Society holds its 2011 National Lawyers Convention next month in Washington, D.C., with the theme A Constitution of Small Government?  Register here.

Headliners include Justices Scalia and Thomas ("A Celebration of Service"), former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey (Eleventh Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture), former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement and Prof. Laurence Tribe (Annual Rosenkranz Debate on health care reform), and Utah Senator Mike Lee.

The Convention runs from Thursday, November 10, to Saturday, November 12, at the Mayflower Hotel.


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Albion Tourgee´ Conference

Tourgee´ is best known, by ConLawProfs anyway, as the attorney for Homer Plessy in Plessy v. Ferguson.  For years, I've used Peter Irons' discussion of Tourgee´when teaching the background and litigation of Plessy, including Tourgee´s daring arguments asking the Justices to imagine themselves Black.



The Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill will be hosting what looks to be an exciting conference, “A Radical Notion of Democracy: Law, Race, and Albion Tourgée, 1865-1905,” that "recalls the legacies of Reconstruction to offer insight into ongoing policy debates."

The one day Public Law and Humanities Symposium is Friday November 5 in Raleigh, NC.  Registration and program details here.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Wisconsin Law School Conference: The Constitutionalization of Labor and Employment Law?

Wisconsin has recently been the site of several recent controversies regarding labor law, including academic labor, and the University of Wisconsin Law School Conference, The Constitutionalization of Labor and Employment Law?, on October 28-29, 2011 in Madison is sure to address some of these issues. 


Additionally, the conference organizers note that recent "U.S. Supreme Court cases have contained much legal discussion at the intersection of constitutional law concepts and the law of the workplace – both in the public-sector workplace where constitutional state action exists and in the private-sector workplace where it does not. Recent cases include: Garcetti v. Ceballos, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, City of Ontario v. Quon, NASA v. Nelson, Engquist v. Oregon Dept. of Agricultural, and Ricci v. DeStefano."

The 5 panels are Equal Protection, 13th Amendment, Workplace Privacy, Freedom of Association and Freedom of Speech.  

More information, including registration information is here.  The "symposium fee is waived for full-time members of academia," pre-registration is required and the deadline is October 18. 


September 26, 2011 in Affirmative Action, Association, Conferences, Current Affairs, Equal Protection, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Fundamental Rights, Privacy, Race, Recent Cases, Scholarship, Speech, Supreme Court (US), Thirteenth Amendment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 12, 2011

CFP: Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network

Scheduled slightly before the January 2012 AALS Conference, the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network conference is seeking papers and works-in-progress on legal feminism for its next day long conference, at George Washington University Law School on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. 

The Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network, FLT-CRN, describes itself as a newly-constituted group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. The inaugural meeting took place at the Law and Society Association meeting in June 2011.

The deadline is Friday September 23, 2011.

The submission process and registration process is through Westlaw's TWEN, and more information is available at Feminist Law Professors Blog.


August 12, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Collective Action Federalism and Resolution VI (with the ACA in the background)

Prof. Kurt Lash (Illinois) and Prof. Neil Siegel (Duke) debated congressional authority this week over at Volokh.  Their points are drawn from Lash's "Resolution VI": The Virginia Plan and Authority to Resolve Collective Action Problems Under Article I, Section 8, and Robert Cooter and Siegel's Collective Action Federalism: A General Theory of Article I, Section 8.

The articles turned on somewhat different ideas.  Lash's "Resolution VI," as the name suggests, focuses on and criticizes the theory, popularized by Jack Balkin in his article Commerce, among others, that Resolution VI informs (and under a strong version even is) the meaning of the Commerce Clause and other Article I, Section 8 authorities.  (Resolution VI of the Virginia Plan, amended and adopted in the Philadelphia Convention, says that Congress should have power to "legislative in all Cases for the general interests of the Union, and also in those Cases in which the States are separately incompetent, or in which the harmony of the United States may be interrupted by the Exercise of Individual Legislation."  That language obviously isn't in the Constitution; instead, the Committee of Detail recommended, and the Convention adopted, enumerated powers.) 

Cooter and Siegel's piece, in contrast, looks to Resolution VI as just one piece of evidence supporting their theory of collective action federalism.  Siegel explains (from Volokh):

Robert Cooter and I have observed that the eighteen clauses of Section 8 mostly concern collective action problems created by two kinds of spillovers: interstate externalities and national markets. . . .

The theory of collective action federalism draws from history, from this evidence in the constitutional text, and from subsequent historical understandings and mistakes, and from modern economics to provide a structural account of the American federal system established in part by Section 8.  Its various clauses form a coherent set, not a collection of unrelated powers.  Coherence comes from the connection that the specific powers have to collective action problems that the federal government can address more effectively than the states can address by acting alone.

The states often cannot achieve an end when doing so requires multiple states to cooperate.  According to collective action federalism, the clauses of Section 8 empower Congress to solve collective action problems that predictably frustrate the states.  In the language of the Commerce Clause in particular, such problems are "among the states."

The debate at Volokh was largely around Resolution VI and its effect (or not) on Article 1, Section 8 powers.  This is an important debate, to be sure, and it'll likely play some role in the challenges to the Affordable Care Act.  (The Constitutional Accountability Center makes the argument in its amicus briefs in the cases; Elizabeth Wydra, CAC's chief counsel, outlines the argument here, in the recent SCOTUSblog symposium on the ACA.)  But Cooter and Siegel's collection action federalism is much broader than just Resolution VI.

Here are links to the posts at Volokh:


August 12, 2011 in Conferences, Congressional Authority, History, Interpretation, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society Symposium

The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society seeks contributors to its 2012 symposium, When Gender Norms Become Law: Recognizing and Correcting for Gender Bias.  The symposium is on February 10, 2012, at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison. 

We are seeking original scholarship, from both scholars and practitioners, addressing ways in which gender norms are reflected in legislation, judicial precedent, and administrative findings.  Ideally, proposals would highlight:

  • An analysis of the inherent and functional gender biases in these policies and practices and
  • Recommendations as to how the same policies could be pursued without the resulting gender disparity.

Topics could include: findings of fact that shape evolving areas of law, the role of social sciences in evidence, and differing approaches to gender considerations across legal systems.  Interested parties should send an abstract to by October 1, 2011.  Those selected for the Symposium will be notified by November 2011.  The Journal's Symposium issue will be published in Fall 2012.

Questions may be addressed to Symposium Editor Meredith Davis at


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Conference at NYLS: Civil Liberties Ten Years After 9/11/2001

Hosted by New York Law School - - - the law school closest to the former World Trade Center - - - this conference considers the state of civil liberties a decade after 9/11. 

Organizers include both the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society, so there is a diversity of viewpoints in the speakers, although there is woefully inadequate participation by women in the announced schedule below. 

NYLS conference

The Justice Action Center (of NYLS), the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society present:
Civil Liberties 10 Years After 9/11
Friday, September 9, 2011
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
New York Law School
185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
General admission is $25.00 for individuals not affiliated with the Law School; CLE credits available.
Registration information here.


9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Registration, and Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m.-Noon
Panel 1: Separation of Powers: The Roles and Inter-Relationships of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches since 9/11
This panel will discuss the appropriate scope of and limits on the powers of each branch of government since 9/11, including specific exercises of power by each branch that some have criticized as violating the Constitution's checks and balances.
Moderator: Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School; Columnist, The New York Times
David Cole, Georgetown Law School
Richard Epstein, New York University School of Law; The Hoover Institution; University of Chicago Law School
Peter Shane, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
John Yoo, University of California, Berkeley Law School; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice 2001-03)
Noon-2:30 p.m.
Panel 2: National Security and Civil Liberties: A Decade of Striking a Delicate Balance, or a False Choice?
Lunch will be available starting at noon

This panel will address not only the overarching (alleged) tensions between liberty and security, but also specific measures that the government has implemented since 9/11 that affect particular civil liberties as well as the rights of particular groups of individuals.
Moderator: Caroline Fredrickson, Executive Director, American Constitution Society
Muneer Ahmad, Yale Law School
Jamil N. Jaffer, Senior Counsel, House Intelligence Committee; Associate Counsel to the President, White House, 2008-09; Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 2007-08
Anil Kalhan, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
Sigal Mandelker, Proskauer Rose LLP; Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division 2006-09
Joanne Mariner, Director, Human Rights Program, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Hunter College
Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago Law School
2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Panel 3: Courts, Accountability, and Justice: Forums for Assuring that Justice Is Served

This panel will discuss efforts to bring to justice individuals who have been accused of responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and other actual or planned acts of terrorism, as well as government and military officials and their contractors who have been accused of abuses. It will consider the appropriate judicial and non-judicial forums and procedures for ensuring that those who are responsible for acts of war, crimes, and abuses of power will be held accountable, consistent with principles of fairness and justice, and that those unjustly accused are exonerated.
Moderator: Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Michael Chertoff, Covington & Burling LLP; Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security 2005-09
Eugene Fidell, Yale Law School; President, National Institute of Military Justice
Martin Flaherty, Fordham Law School; Princeton University
Andrew McCarthy, Co-Chair, Center for Law and Counterterrorism; Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York 1993-96
Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception



August 9, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

SCOTUSblog's On-Line Symposium on Constitutionality of Health Care Reform

SCOTUSblog is hosting an on-line symposium on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  From the symposium description:

Last week the Thomas More Law Center, a Christian legal group, filed a petition for certiorari in which it asked the Court to review a Sixth Circuit decision, which rejected the group's claim that a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 is unconstitutional.  With similar challenges currently pending in the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits, it seems likely that the Court will take up the constitutionality of the Act at some point in the future--perhaps even during the upcoming Term.  During the next two weeks, SCOTUSblog will host an online symposium on the Act and the Court: when and whether the Court is likely to review the Act, and how it might rule if it does.

Posts so far are here; here's a list of contributors:

  • Jonathan Adler, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Cory Andrews, Washington Legal Foundation
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California – Irvine School of Law
  • Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
  • Charles Fried, Harvard Law School
  • Abbe R. Gluck and Gillian Metzger, Columbia Law School
  • Mark Hall, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Dawn Johnsen, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Bradley Joondeph, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Orin Kerr, The George Washington University Law School
  • David Kopel, Independence Institute
  • John Kroger, Attorney General of Oregon
  • Robert Levy, Cato Institute
  • Stephen Presser, Northwestern University
  • Elizabeth Price Foley, Florida International University College of Law
  • David B. Rivkin and Lee A. Casey, Baker Hostetler
  • Robert Schapiro, Emory University School of Law
  • Steven Schwinn, John Marshall Law School
  • Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute
  • Ilya Somin, George Mason University School of Law
  • Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School
  • Adam Winkler, University of California Los Angeles School of Law
  • Elizabeth Wydra, Constitutional Accountability Center


August 7, 2011 in Commerce Clause, Conferences, Congressional Authority, Federalism, Interpretation, News, Scholarship, Tenth Amendment | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Conference on the Constitutional Convention

Fix Congress First is hosting a Conference on the Constitutional Convention September 24 and 25, 2011, at Harvard University.  The Conference is co-chaired by Lawrence Lessig and Mark McKinnon; Lessig and McKinnon make their case for an Article V convention, and frame some of the issues for the Conference, here


According to the Conference web-site:

On September 24th, people from across America and across the political spectrum will convene at Harvard University to discuss the advisability and feasibility of organizing towards a Constitutional Convention.  While the conference's lead organizers are proponents of a convention--and are particularly passionate about the need to reduce the influence of private money in politics--we actively encourage the participation of those who support a convention for other reasons, and those who oppose holding a convention at all.


[Image: Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, by Howard Chandler Christy, East Stairway, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol Building.]

July 13, 2011 in Conferences, News | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

CFPs: Opportunities to Expand Constitutional Scholarship

Writing about Race? Justice? Translation?

Here are three CFPs that might be of interest, especially for work that is interdisciplinary.


The interdisciplinary journal, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, is accepting submissions for December 2011 special edition on race, deadline August 28.  "Our goal is to inform discussions of race in the public policy arena by highlighting key legal challenges facing ethnic and racial minorities.  We are seeking original works that provide thought provoking commentary on issues of race and awaken the consciousness of readers."  Submissions to EIC Yvette Sturkes, ysturkes AT

The third annual Law & Literature Conference at John Jay, CUNY, scheduled for March 2012 is soliciting submissions. The theme is The Idea of Justice, after Amartya Sen's book of the same name and Nobel Prize in Economics winner Sen will be the keynote speaker.  Abstract deadline is January 2012.  Conference website here, updates forthcoming.  Other law and literature CFPs are available from the wonderful Christine Corcos over at Law & Humanities Blog.

The annual meeting of philoSOPHIA, known for its new journal of the same name, will be in April 2012 at Miami University in Ohio.  The conference "will have as its theme ‘Translation,’ broadly conceived, taking the work of translation to include translating across disciplines, genres, traditions, texts, historical epochs, and languages."  Submissions of abstracts deadline is December 1, 2010.  More information here.

[image: desk of former Florida governors via]


July 10, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, June 10, 2011

CFP: AALS Teaching


Re: Request for Proposals on Innovative Teaching, Other Legal Education Practices, and Work at the Intersections among Scholarship, Teaching, and Service
We are planning the AALS 2011 Annual Meeting Workshop on "Changes in Law Practice; Innovations in Legal Education," to be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  The workshop seeks to examine (1) the many changes currently underway in how law practice is organized and carried out, and (2) the relationship between these changes and the future of legal education.
We are seeking proposals on innovations in the many facets of legal education, especially teaching and work at the intersections among teaching, scholarship, and service.  Proposals selected by the workshop planning committee will receive national exposure, either through possible presentation on a workshop panel or by being included on the AALS Workshop webpage highlighting ideas and themes generated by the workshop.  We are interested in any innovations taking place in legal education that would be of interest to members of the legal academy in planning for the future against the backdrop of the changes in law practice that our students will encounter in their legal careers. 
Some possible topic areas might include (but are not necessarily limited to):
innovations that point the way to what legal education of the future could or should be;
innovations in teaching that reflect expansive conceptions of the cognitive abilities and skills needed for law practice beyond traditional conceptions of legal analysis;  
innovations that combine newer and more traditional teaching methods;
innovations that engage with changes in law practice and/or respond to the changing economic realities of the profession;
innovations that involve interdisciplinary collaborations and/or borrowing from ideas and innovations taking place in other disciplines or professions;  
innovations aimed at cultivating experiential learning and reflection through externships and other practice-based experiences;
innovations in legal education that address differences in styles of learning;
innovations in methods of giving meaningful feedback and evaluation;
innovative work at the intersections among scholarship, teaching and service;
innovations in scholarly activity that involve different kinds of critical inquiry beyond the traditional law review article, such as a sabbatical engaged in law practice;
innovations in teaching designed to address gender and racial disparity among positions of leadership and power in the legal profession;
interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and/or service projects;
innovations in the financing and organization of legal education.
Interested proposal writers from faculty at AALS member schools should submit a short (not more than 1,000 word) description of their innovation in teaching or legal education more generally, or innovation through work at the intersections among scholarship, teaching and service, to by July 15, 2011.
We will notify proposal writers by September 1, 2011, if they have been selected for an oral workshop panel presentation or a written posting of their proposal on the AALS website for the workshop.  Selected speakers will pay their registration fee for the Annual Meeting and are responsible for their own travel and other expenses.  Please direct questions to any one of the planning committee members;  Susan Carle,; Renee Knake,; Carol Needham,; Mitt Regan,; and Carla Pratt,


June 10, 2011 in Conferences, Teaching Tips | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

CFP: FedCourts Section AALS on War, Terrorism, and Federal Courts

CFP for January 2012 AALS Conference, deadline August 29, 2011


The AALS Section on Federal Courts is pleased to announce a call for papers in conjunction with the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, to be held January 4–8, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

The topic of the section program at the 2012 Annual Meeting (Saturday, January 7, 1:30–3:15 p.m.) is “War, Terrorism, and the Federal Courts Ten Years After 9/11.” To that end, the panel will focus on the unique issues that federal courts have confronted during (and relating to) the conflict against al Qaeda and related terrorist groups, and how that body of jurisprudence has—and may yet—affect the role of the federal courts more generally going forward. Papers submitted in connection with the call should focus on this topic, or any specific aspect thereof, and should be between 15,000 and 30,000 words, including footnotes.

One paper will be selected from the call, and will be published in Volume 61 of the American University Law Review, alongside contributions from the invited panelists—including Curtis Bradley (Duke), Judith Resnik (Yale), Steve Vladeck (American), and the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit). In addition, the author of the selected paper will be invited to participate in the Federal Courts section panel at the 2012 Annual Meeting.

To be considered, papers must be submitted via e-mail to Steve Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law ( All full-time faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting (and not full-time on a different faculty) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit.

The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, August 29, 2011. Papers will be selected after review by an ad hoc committee composed of members of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Federal Courts.  The selected author will be notified by Monday, October 3, 2011, and will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.



June 4, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Access to Justice: U New Hampshire Law School to Host ABA Task Force on Preservation of Justice

The Dean and Faculty of the University of New Hampshire School of Law will welcome the ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System to hold a hearing on Thursday 26 May.

NH Law Three panels led by Co-Chairs David Boies and Theodore B. Olson will hear testimony from various state Chief Justices, state Bar leaders and Professor Laurence Tribe (former Department of Justice Senior Counselor for Access to Justice).

The proceedings will be streamed live at starting at 11 a.m. EST through 3 p.m. EST.


May 25, 2011 in Conferences, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 16, 2011

CFP: New Voices in Gender Studies for AALS

The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education announces a paper competition with the topic “New Voices in Gender Studies” for the 2012 AALS Annual Meeting, January 4-8, 2012, Washington, D.C.  The deadline is August 15, 2011. 

Votes_for_Women_lapel_pin_(Nancy) This is a great opportunity for new faculty writing about constitutional gender/sexuality issues.  Here is the anouncement:                                             
The AALS Section on Women in Legal Education will hold a program during the AALS 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., with paper presentations by the winners of the 2012 New Voices in Gender Studies paper competition.
Submissions should be of scholarship relating to (1) women in legal education, (2) any aspect of women’s or men’s relationship to the law, or (3) gender, sexuality and the law.  There is a maximum 30,000 word limit (inclusive of footnotes) for the submission. Since this is a paper presentation opportunity, and not one for publication, submitted papers can be committed for publication prior to their submission, but cannot be actually in print prior to their submission.  Each professor may submit only one paper for consideration.
Papers will be reviewed anonymously. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter with the author’s name and contact information. The manuscript itself, including title page and footnotes, must not contain any references that identify the author or the author’s school. The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes. The immediate past winners of the prior year’s competition are ineligible to participate this year.  In the event of a tie, one consideration for the reviewing panel will be whether any of the submitting authors have the opportunity to present the submitted article during another presentation at the conference.
To be considered, papers must be submitted electronically to Professor Linda Jellum, Mercer University School of Law, The deadline for submission is Monday, August 15, 2011. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by October 3, 2011.  Call for Paper participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.
Full-time faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools, who have been teaching for five or fewer years as of August 16, 2011, are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting (and not full-time on a different faculty) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit.
Papers will be selected after review by an ad hoc committee composed of officers, executive committee members, and the winners of the 2011 competition.
Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to:  Professor Linda Jellum, Mercer University School of Law,, (478) 301-5689.


May 16, 2011 in Conferences, Gender | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

American Constitution Society National Convention

Registration is open for the American Constitution Society 10th Anniversary National Convention, Constitution at the Crossroads: Progress Imperiled? 


The convention runs from June 16 to 18, 2011, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.  AG Eric Holder will give an address at the opening gala.  The full schedule is here; registration is here.


May 15, 2011 in Conferences, Interpretation, News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CFP: ConLaw Section AALS

AALS Section of Constitutional Law Calls for Papers       

The AALS Section of Constitutional Law will hold two panels at the AALS Annual Meeting, January 4-8, 2012, in Washington, D.C. 

Screen shot 2011-05-11 at 8.25.27 PM The section is inviting submission of abstracts for scholars who would like to be part of a panel on either of the issues set out below.  Junior scholars, women, and faculty of color are especially invited to submit an abstract.  Each abstract should be no more than five pages.  One or more speakers at each panel will be selected from those submitting abstracts. Abstracts should be submitted (electronically, by Word or rtf document) by June 30, 2011 to Professor Garrett Epps, President, AALS Section of Constitutional Law University of Baltimore School of Law, 1415 Maryland Ave, Baltimore MD 21201 email: gepps AT


PANEL ONE: American Citizenship in the 21st Century

American citizenship, whether acquired by birth or naturalization, has become intensely controversial in the past five years.  Two provisions of the Constitution relate to it most directly: the requirement in Article II that the President must be a “natural born citizen” (coupled with varying requirements for length of citizenship for service in the House and Senate), and the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which recognizes birthright citizenship for “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”  However, unlike in many contemporary constitutions, there is no complete constitutional definition of citizenship or description of its privileges, responsibilities, or qualities.  Much of the process of its acquisition or recognition is governed by statutes passed under Congress’ authority “to establish an uniform rule of naturalization.” Congress and state legislatures are debating proposals to amend the Fourteenth Amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship or to seek to do the same thing by state or federal statute.  Others insist that Congress lacks authority to vary the current rule, and that states have no role to play in regulating or determining citizenship. Many believe that this issue is sure to come before the federal courts in the near future. In the immigration context, proposals to provide a “path to citizenship” for undocumented aliens are seen by some as indispensable to comprehensive immigration reform, while others decry any measure to do this as “amnesty.”  In either case, the presence of as many as 12 million undocumented aliens exerts a significant effect on the machinery designed to regulate immigration and citizenship, and may by default create in practical terms two tiers of citizenship, reviving the old common-law concept of the “denizen.” Beyond this, the nature of American citizenship is contested at the philosophical and political level, with arguments drawing on history, political theory, and comparative law and policy. 

What does American citizenship mean today? How has its meaning changed over time? What is the future of the concept and the policy and legal apparatus that maintains it. Our first panel is open to participants who submit thought-provoking and original abstracts on any aspect of this issue, whether doctrinal, theoretical, economic, comparative, or empirical.

PANEL TWO: Article V: “To All Intents and Purposes”

Proposals to amend the Constitution have arisen in a variety of context in the last decade, quickening in pace as the ideological gulf within our society widens.  Activists of both parties have repeatedly called for specific amendments to change certain features of the Constitution or overturn Supreme Court interpretations of its meaning.  Others, both on the right and left, have begun to organize a serious effort to spark a call from Congress for a new Constitutional Convention to propose amendments.  Article V, the mechanisms setting up the amendment process, is little understood and seldom taught as part of the Constitutional Law curriculum.  Many political scientists and scholars criticize Article V as requiring too great a consensus for a proposed amendments.  Others express concern that the Convention mechanism, which has never been used, could open the political system to sudden radical change without adequate democratic participation and public deliberation.  Quite remarkably, the most recent Amendment actually adopted (in 1992) was proposed by the First Congress in 1789, and approved by legislatures over a 200-year window, leading to suggestions that the Article V mechanism has inadequate limits on its workings.

How does Article V really work?  How has its practical function changed since Madison proposed the first Amendments (many of which were not adopted; the others of which became the Bill of Rights)?  What light is shed on it by the fact that the Convention designed two features in the Constitution that could never be amended? What can we learn from the two periods—the aftermath of the Civil War and the Progressive Era—when political movements and popular majorities made effective use of Article V? What are the perils and promises of the Convention mechanism? What is the role of Congress in the process? How does popular constitutionalism play into the process? Is it time to use Article V to amend Article V? Again, the Section invites abstracts on any aspect of Article V, again from a wide variety of perspectives, and including descriptive, analytical and normative work.

May 11, 2011 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, April 22, 2011

CFP: Terrorism and Criminal Justice

2011 Elon Law Review Symposium Request for Proposals
Call for Articles, Essays, and Requests to Present

October 21, 2011

deadline for proposals: July 1, 2011


At Elon University School of Law, in Greensboro, NC, the law review has announced its symposium and is seeking proposals:

The editors of the Elon Law Review invite article proposals and requests to present from scholars, researchers, practitioners, and professionals on topics relating generally to changes in criminal law since 9/11. The goals of the symposium are: to analyze how the legal landscape has changed due to the increased dedication of policing resources to “the war on terror” and terrorism detection, and to examine the impact of resulting criminal legislation and political focus on terrorism in areas such as the civil rights of suspected terrorists and others, law enforcement tactics, new investigatory practices, and new issues impacting the prosecutorial function. Also, the symposium will look beyond terrorism and discuss the practical legal implications caused by the changes to the political landscape resulting from the 9/11 attacks. Desired substantive areas of interest include, but are not limited to: criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, civil rights, and legislation.

Please submit proposals of no more than 500 words by attachment to Symposium EditorScott Morgan at by July 1st. All proposals should include the name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact information of the intended author/presenter, and should address matters relating to the legal implications of the 9/11 attacks and the governmental and judicial reaction to that event. Authors are welcome to submit a CV.

The Elon Law Review expects to make offers to speakers and authors by at least August 1st and will cover the participants’ expenses.  Completed articles/essays will be due December 1, 2011 for publication in the Spring 2012 Symposium Edition of the Elon Law Review.



April 22, 2011 in Conferences, Criminal Procedure, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

CFP: Race and Criminal Justice in the West


Gonzaga University School of Law
Spokane, WA
Friday-Saturday, September 23-24, 2011
Sponsored by:
Gonzaga University School of Law
The Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System

deadline for submission of proposals June 6, 2011


Gonzaga law From the conference organizers:  "This conference seeks to examine the topic of race and the criminal justice system in the Western states. Racial minorities continue to be overrepresented in our criminal justice system; yet too often concerns about the high arrest and incarceration rates are dismissed as simply the result of a high rate of criminality. This conference will explore the role of bias, both conscious and unconscious, to ask whether race still matters in our criminal justice system. While the emphasis will be on the West, we welcome papers and presentations focusing on other areas of the country, particularly ones that engage in comparative analyses."

Proposals must contain the following information:
Name, Address, Phone, and e-mail
Title of Presentation and whether the paper will be submitted for publication
A statement of up to 300 words explaining topic

The organizers welcome suggestions for full or partial panels.  The deadline for submission of proposals is June 6, 2011. Please submit proposals via e-mail to Professor Jason Gillmer of Gonzaga Law.  Those submitting can expect to receive a response by July 1, 2011.  Final drafts of papers will be due October 24, 2011. Publication decisions for papers will be made by the Gonzaga Law Review.


April 14, 2011 in Conferences, Criminal Procedure, Race | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)